Do androids dream of electric sheep? Precursor of Bladerunner, by Philip Dick.

Do androids dream of electric sheep? Precursor of Bladerunner, by Philip Dick.

The author’s mode of narrating is addictive. In such simple words he manages to convey an outstanding dystopia. The characters are believable, deep, and entrusting. You find yourself empathizing with Rick Deckard, whose job is to retire rogue androids on Earth. 

After a devastating nuclear war, the details provided of the world broken by humanity is riveting.



To say a word about the Dick’s message to the reader:

It is stupid to create machines that can outsmart and kill a human. It has no purpose, other than to harvest self-destruction. Of course, many other authors have talked about humanity being abolished by machines—its own creation, mind you. It wouldn’t be the first time a human creates its own destroyer. We seem to be akin to self-devastation. At any rate, the philosophical implications of Dick’s work is huge. We are arriving to the “singularity”, when man is surpassed by his own creation—the machine.


I strongly believe this movie should be remade. A modern interpretation of this dystopia would be phenomenal. And of course, the message of discouraging  humanity to delegate thought and activities to machines should be paramount.

Enemy (Jake Gyllenhaal) - Review + Quick guide to understand this convoluted movie. (SPOILERS!)

REVIEW:

The enemy within. This should probably be the title of the movie. The original book written by Saramago is called The Double. The movie is exactly what you'd expect from a Saramago novel. It's tortuous, convoluted, unexpected, weird, making you think for long periods of time before you get a whiff of what's going on. That said, this movie isn't for everybody. Don't go in thinking it's your typical hollywood cheap blockbuster, packed with action and sex. This is a make-you-think movie.

The message of the book, I assume, is trascendental. The movie makes a poor job at transcribing the message, though. If I were to compare it to another movie of the same genre, highlighting the same message, I'd say Fight Club beats this movie's butt in that sense. The message in the latter is clear.

Although convoluted, I really enjoyed this piece.


QUICK GUIDE (SPOILERS!):

Enemy is the name of a movie based on a book called The Double. This piece is by Jose Samarago, an author from Portugal. He won a Nobel Prize for Blindness.

Saramago's writing is not classified as an easy, quick-snack read. It's actually the entire opposite. Long-winded sentences, convoluted messages, it all sums up to a literature filled with amazing literary figures, yet quite difficult to grasp.

To understand this movie you might want to remember Fight Club. The message behind it is fascinating, on how a man with a boring life creates a character he would very much like to become. Enemy is no different in that sense. The main character would seem to suffer multiple personality disorder, and is a little maniac from time to time. That said, the actor Jake Gyllenhaal did an amazing job carrying out the main character's struggle.

Unlike Fight Club, the "imagined" character in Enemy isn't a different person. At least not physically. They are one and the same. Albeit, they have a different personality, lifestyle, job, etc. Let's break it down.

The same person has two personas:

Adam - The history teacher. Lives in a low-life apartment. Hates blue-berries. Has a nice girl-friend. Is sweet and docile.

Anthony - The actor. Lives a fast-paced life full of vice, rock-star sentimentalism, and attends a weird reunion with other adult males watching prostitutes masturbate. He is married. His wife is expecting their first child. He loves blue-berries.

The argument:

Anthony lives an intense life. His acting career is stuck being the bellboy and other subpar roles in three movies in which he has appeared. He loves going to some nightclub to watch women masturbate amongst the company of other perverts. He is married yet cheats on his wife. He lives a rock-star type of life.

In his discontent of the low-acting career he has, he creates a character of lower intensity that seems to meet his needs of self-worth. The character created is a History Teacher going by the name of Adam.

Adam has a girlfriend (the story he tells himself to sleep with another women without feeling guilt), and lives a low intensity lifestyle He is sweet and docile.

When the two personas have acquired enough substance to be entirely different persons, shit hits the fan. This is when the matured character of Adam realizes there is another man just like him--HIMSELF, or the other persona. Of course this all happens in his own mind, as he probably hallucinates while adapting the role of Adam or Anthony. The confrontation is inevitable. In the end the rock-star wannabe, Anthony, wins over Adam--the sweet side of him.

The spider takes a huge role in the movie. The tarantula is a scary yet non-aggresive creature. It actually represents diligence, which makes sense once you get to the end of the movie.

At the end:

His wife tells him, "Your mother called." knowing she is talking to ADAM, the character she likes best. When Anthony responds (the character she fears), "I'm going out tonight," adopting his rock-star persona, she becomes a giant tarantula. The tarantula is cornered, fearing THE ROCK-STAR persona. Why? When he becomes this persona he is volatile, violent, unpredictable, and a cheater.

The tarantula represents diligence--his marriage. His marriage is afraid of him since his cheating threatens to destroy what they as a couple have built.

I hope this helped you to better understand this movie. If you watch it again after reading this, you might find more sense into it. I'm a fan of Samarago's literature. This is why I enjoyed breaking down this movie. Enjoy!

The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman (my rating, 4/5 stars)

I have found few books of hard Sci-fi adhering to the consequences of traveling near light-speed. Collapsar jumps might take a few months at most in Haldeman's futuristic novel. Relativity kicks in, making Mandella suffer the consequences of seeing a changed Earth when he comes home after being drafted in the early 1980’s (he comes back hundreds of years after due to relativity). It’s a great read, up until the last 15% of the book where the book turns tangential in nature. It threw me off a bit, making the last few pages difficult to digest after a gripping read.

In the midst of the war against the Taurans, Earth is faced with a dystopian government, which adds the true punch to this time-traveling sci-fi novel. Earth is discombobulated, making living a civilian life on Earth completely unbearable. The best way to earn a decent living is by enlisting in the Army. If you leave the army, a taxation of 95% over your earnings is applied. The colonization of other planets, like Heaven, creates of this new dream-like place a true utopia. I guess we all end up dreaming of a place where we can start all over again, but with the vantage of technology.


An enjoyable and memorable read.



Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

There’s no time to think. No time to waste on thought provoking tasks or even question your own existence. Busy yourself with the media. Run the rat-race, there’s no time to stop: there’s only the never ending merry-go-round of life.

Firemen provoke fires, burning every and any book available. Why? Guy Montag is one of many firemen who are called to fulfill their duty, blindly burning books and the people who defend them. They are evil! Books are evil! Worse are writers of poets!

The Hound, an automated robot who seems to sense your “sins” of feeling and thinking, puts you down with a lethal dose of sedative if you happen to commit a thought-feeling-crime.

Everyone’s the same, every day is gray. To give your day color is to commit a crime. You’re not allowed to express you uniqueness, but rather become part of a populous tamed by constant, intrusive distraction.

Guy Montag is thrown out of the merry-go-round by seventeen year old Clarisse. With a few well placed questions his world slowly crumbles as the veil of lies falls. As truth springs out like Jack in the box, Guy is left to wonder about his gray-scaled world and how it operates under a spell weaved by a government thriving from a tamed crowd.

It all explodes when Montag keeps a book rather than burning it. Reading a few lines creates a colorful collage of thoughts that will completely disable the veil of lies. Truth is now clear, visible. With nothing  left to do but fight to defend his forsaken humanity from a totalitarian regime, Montag risks his life for a righteous cause.

A stunning dystopian world created in a short novel; a cautionary tale that has left a valuable foot-print.



Brabury’s tale is inspired by at least three events in history:

The burning of the Library of Alexandria,
The Nazi book burning,
Joseph Stalin’s “Great Purge” where poets, writers, artsits, etc., were arrested and executed.


In all of the above-mentioned historical events, powermongers seek control through censure and destruction.

Ender's Game: The Premises behind this bestseller!

The three premises that make this book a masterpiece (aside from being excellently executed):

1.To wage war detached from death:

The problem of waging war detached from death is not measuring the damage you perpetuate. Destruction without consequence is already in our midsts, where war is waged in a room, thousands are killed who appear as a number rather than human beings with a personal identity. In this book, Ender destroyed a whole species feeling reprimands from his superiors rather than the self-induced consciousness telling you something is nor right.

2. It matters how you win:

Winning without limits to the means you'd use creates a big blind spot on the morality behind the methods in question. Of course, if argued that it's either them or us, I guess you'd do about anything to defeat the enemy, even if it means genocide.

3. Your end-result as a human being is not important for the military. Once you accomplish a given task, you're expendable (Disposable Heroes, quoting Metallica!):

Trained to become a war hammer, Ender is faced with the immorality of having been used for an ulterior motive without his consent. Having had the choice, it is clear he would've taken another course to affront the Formics threat. Once he had been used, the military is faced with two problems:

a. You pissed off your best weapon, which might turn on you and destroy you (the weapon you created knows all your weaknesses, mind you!)
b. The commanders following your weapon of choice will doubt your methods. Civil war would be at hand!

Conclusion:

This book is gripping from the beginning to the end. The main character is a hero that will be remembered for a long time. To keep this review short, I will add that you will most certainly enjoy this masterpiece in any mode you wish to consume it.



Sussanah Scott, AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT.



Blurb:

Luciana de Luca has a PhD in sass and gemology—and a problem. Her twin brother’s gambling debts have gotten out of hand, and a mob enforcer is blackmailing her to rob the latest, greatest mega-casino on the Strip. Although Lucy has worked her whole life to get away from her family’s grifter past, to save her brother, she dons three-inch heels and a sluts-r-us dress and struts into Alec’s Gerald’s casino, determined to put her long-forgotten thieving ways to the test again.

Alec Gerald, a shape-shifting dragon, has built the Crown Jewel casino to provide sanctuary for his people amongst the flash and awe of Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the sexy little thief trying to steal his largest diamond exhibit turns out to be his mate, and he must woo her before he loses his dragon form forever. But before he can handcuff her to his bed and explain the details of a mating ceremony, an enemy attacks and threatens to destroy his casino, his people, and his newfound mate.

About the author:

SUSANNAH SCOTT lives in the Missouri Ozarks and is the lone female in a very loud household of males ranging in age from 4 to 40. Susannah loves to hear from her readers. Please visit her website atwww.susannahscottbooks.com or follow her on Goodreads, FacebookTwitter.

London Grammar - Hey Now (Arty Remix)

One word for this song: Bold.

This is what I listen to whilst writing. One of the many songs I appreciate as I hand-craft worlds. Enjoy!


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